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An Invitation to the Launch of Rabbis Against Gun Violence (RAGV)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We want to share the exciting news of the recent launch of the group Rabbis Against Gun Violence (RAGV) and invite you to join us as we raise our voice to save lives.
We are a national grassroots coalition of Jewish American leaders and faith activists from across the denominational spectrum mobilized to curb the current gun violence epidemic plaguing our communities, with nearly 900 members on board already. 
We believe in the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human life and believe that every gun death – whether from urban violence, suicide, domestic violence, accidental shootings, or mass shootings - diminishes us.  With nearly 33,000 Americans killed by guns each year – that’s an unimaginable 89 lives a day, including 7 children and teens - we feel a fierce moral imperative to speak and to act.
Rooted in and inspired by Jewish values and teachings, we use our rabbinic voice to educate and advocate for positive, achievable solutions that will save…

Olam Chessed Yibaneh sung at Song Leader Boot Camp 2016!

The Touching of Souls

The Touching of Souls

(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

There are few experiences that compare to convening a Beit Din (Rabbinic Court) to support someone formally affirming a Jewish identity. From the soul-sharing an emerging Jew pours out, the loving sanctity of profound questions and responses, the healing, Living Waters of a Mikvah... Thank You, God, for the touching of souls.

Success at the Kotel Comes at a Cost

Success at the Kotel Comes at a Cost (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The success of Women of the Wall Nashot HaKotel, Union for Reform Judaism, and The Masorti Movement In Israel-התנועה המסורתית בישראל, is unprecedented, Jewish history bending, ever so slightly, toward justice. 25 years of work. Victory.

It is crucial that we who celebrate this legal/symbolic/religious miracle in our Homeland also acknowledge the sense of loss being experienced by the founders of WOW, whose narrower focus birthed a movement that grew beyond their original vision.

The Kotel has grown.
We have grown.
Change is hard.

As Amos Oz once quipped: "The title “traitor” is indeed, in some cases, an honorary badge. I am not referring to the trivial traitors who sell some information for money. No. I refer to people who are regarded as traitors because they are ahead of their time. Sometimes, a traitor is simply a person who has the courage to change – in the eyes of those who do not change..."

The success of WOW…